Something Fishy

At about the time Eater was posting this story about Mike Stollenwerk’s Fish being closed Saturday, because of “issues with a few of our investors,” we received the above photo (thanks D-Mac) from the front door of Fish, stating the reason for the closure was “extreme flooding.”

Michael Klein posted on Sunday morning that Fish would be reopening shortly and expanding. But that post really created as many questions as it answered. Investor Evan Prochniak says a new venue in the Independent Hotel will be developed to serve breakfast and lunch. But before that happens, Stollenwerk will have to replace chef de cuisine Justin Petruce who has resigned citing the always intriguing, “circumstances beyond my control.”

Prochniak says Stollenwerk and him are also planning a cajun concept for the restaurant eating space at the Academy House on Locust Street. That spot is owned by Prochniak. The seemingly cursed spot is currently Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar, but Klein reports serial-piano bar opener/closer Jolly Weldon “has left.” Speaking of Weldon, he has been running Brick at 1708 Lombard, the former location of Fish. That Fish corporation has a $22,000 tax lien against it from the state.

So somehow we’ve gone from fake flooding, to a problem with investors, to a clearing of the air with that investor and two new projects involving Stollenwerk, all in the course of 72 hours?

Pictured below, a post-it note we stuck to our rumors wall a couple of months ago.

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Suburban Snacks: Avalon Opens in Downingtown, Brew Pub for Ardmore

Avalon Pasta Bistro opens next week in Downingtown. The second restaurant from John Brandt-Lee who also owns Avalon Restaurant in West Chester is a BYOB with large outdoor patio. The menu focuses on homemade pastas, flat breads, salads, cheese and antipasti. And through a deal with Victory Brewing, the restaurant will have two taps to provide complimentary pints of Victory beer to guests. [Avalon Pasta Bistro]

Ardmore Brew Pub and Delco Happenings »

Quick Bites: Spotting a Blind Pig, Tastykakes at Ball Park & Old City Troubles

Tastykakes will make their Citizens Bank Park debut this year as the Philadelphia tradition will be available in counter-top refrigerators. [The Insider]

New York has the Spotted Pig, Malvern has the Flying Pig and Northern Liberties is getting the Blind Pig. The gastropub will be taking over the former Kong/Sovalo space. [The Insider]

Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar has closed at 20th and Chestnut but will resurface Friday in the Academy House. [Meal Ticket]

Owner Kevin Meeker says the days are numbered for his Old City barbeque spot, Q BBQ & Tequila. [The Insider]

Quick Bites

Former Swift Half bartender John Boswell has bought the Corner Spot in Port Richmond and is remaking it as the Port Richmond Pour House. [Meal Ticket]

La Terrasse on Sansom Street in University City is closed. A Penn spokesperson calls the closing temporary. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Mikawa is the name of a new Japanese eatery slated to open on Spruce next to the Bains Deli at the corner. [The Insider]

Cake and the Beanstalk has an official opening date, Tuesday March 1st. [f8b8z]

Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar is taking over the cursed restaurant space in the Academy House on Locust Street. Why anyone would willingly open a restaurant or bar in that space is beyond us. [The Insider]

News for People Who Like Bad News

A suit filed in US District court alleges that a McFadden’s GM texted another manager “We don’t want black people we are a white bar!” [Philadelphia Daily News]

It was a whole different take on dueling when according to a police report Jolly Weldon, owner of Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar at 2016 Chestnut threatened building owner Timothy Smith. Dan Gross says Weldon was arraigned Friday on charges of making terroristic threats, stalking, harassment and reckless endangerment. [Philadelphia Daily News]

Quick Bites

Joey Baldino has been hired as Chef de Cuisine at Vetri. Baldino, who warranted an acknowlegment in Marc Vetri’s Il Viaggio Di Vetri is making a return to the Vetri fold. [@marcvetri]

Barbuzzo will have house-made charcuterie on the menu when it opens. They’re getting us hungry just blogging about it. [Barbuzzo]

Jolly Weldon of Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar is going to be opening a Maryland-style crabhouse at 15th and Oregon. It’ll have 90 seats indoors with another 50 out. He’s aiming for a September opening. [The Insider]

13th and Walnut is becoming fro-yo central. Yogurt City is joining Tutti Frutti and Sweet Ending on the block. [Meal Ticket]

Former Chew Man Chu frontman Tyson Wong Ophaso is getting in the food truck business. He’s hoping to be serving up International food from Bee-Innovation by Labor Day. [The Insider]

Quick Bites

Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar will be opening Friday. There will be 2 dueling baby grands, room for 125 and a menu put together by Brendan Smith of *Smiths. [Meal Ticket]

If Jose Garces decides to open a New York restaurant he says it will be an Amada. [Grub Street]

Meal Ticket has a slideshow and the menu for Grey Social,  French bistro spot that is promisingly swimming against the Old City current. [Meal Ticket]

Grey Lodge didn’t stop their refurb with new urinals, they also have gotten a glorious new sign. [The Grey Lodge]

Year after year Zagat polls diners to find out who is most generous. And year after year Philadelphia comes out on top. [KYW 1060]

Shinju Sushi at 930 Locust Street is moving to the former site of Aso Sushi at 719 Walnut Street. They’ll also get a cool new name, The Fat Salmon. [Meal Ticket]

MidAtlantic has started weekday lunch. [The Insider]

Sarcone’s Deli is adding a franchise in Delaware. [The Illadelph]

Quick Bites

Four wheel coffee is coming to the streets. Hub Bub Coffee rolls out next week with Stumptown Coffee and Rice Krispy treats from Pub & Kitchen. And of course Hub Bub has Twitter. [Restaurant Club]

Agiato in Manayunk is aiming for November. Joseph Scarpone, who owned Sovalo is also opening Agiato Bread Company a few doors down. [Meal Ticket]

Jolly’s is set to kick off the dueling pianos on  October 30th.

Charcuterie master Nick Macri is out at Beneluxx. He’ll be focusing on his La Divisa Specialty Meats, a wholesale meat operation. [Meal Ticket]

Eeek! Capogiro on Passyunk will be closing for the winter. [Grub Street]

Foster’s Homeware is closing their 4th and Market location. They’re headed to 33 n 3rd Street. [Meal Ticket]

Dueling Pianos Returning To Center City


You might remember Jolly’s on 19th Street or perhaps even Jolly’s in the Latham Hotel. And by summer’s end you’ll know Jolly Weldon’s third incarnationof his piano bar. Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar is aiming for an August opening at 2006 Chestnut Street. There will be dueling pianos 5-nights per week with special nights for piano karaoke and college students.

Jolly’s Dueling Pianos [Official Site]
Jolly’s Dueling Pianos [Facebook]